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Joseph Aaron/Darlington, S.C.
I have been researching my family back to 1870 and feel I may be ready to research beyond 1870. I have interviewed my older family members and they have been a wealth of information. With their information, I was able to use census records and other avenues to find my ancestors from 1870 to the present. Joseph Aaron is my Ancestor that was shown on the 1870 Census living in the Colfax Twp in Darlington,SC. He was 40 yrs old without a wife, but had 2 sons at the ages of 14 & 9. At that time he was living in a household with another family which had a different last name.
I could be wrong in what I am finding out about slave research, but it looks like slave research is Maternalistic, meaning that the children were tied to the mother and not the father. So in my case, my ancestor shows up with his 2 children in a household with another family, so how should I go about this when trying to search for my ancestor's slave owners? It seems like this could be a big hurdle for me because Joseph did not have a wife and the children probably would show with their mother in any wills or deeds if they were indeed slaves on a plantation. I am trying to keep an open mind because I am not certain that my ancestors were slaves but feel that they were based on the interviews I have conducted on my family members. My ancestors migrated between 3 plantations/farms around 1880 to the present, so should I start with those plantation owers? If someone could point me in the right direction, I would be eternally grateful.
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